Riding a motorcycle does provide a certain sense of freedom. Although we need to remember that they are not as durable and crashworthy as closed vehicles like cars. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are actually 27 times more likely to be killed in an accident.
Now, you might have excellent driving skills and you have been driving a motorcycle for years, but it’s still important that you know how prevent accidents and stay safe. By taking necessary precaution you can significantly reduce the risk of being seriously injured or killed in a motor accident.
Way to prevent motorcycle accidents
In order to prevent motorcycle accidents from happening, both the motorist and motorcyclist should abide the traffic rules and practice caution every time they are on the road.
Probably the most important thing any cyclist can do aside from following the traffic rules, is to make sure that he/she wears the necessary safety equipment. The right type and quality equipment can protect you from injuries or minimize them, increase your visibility of the road and make your ride less exhausting.
Wearing a properly fitted motorcycle helmet and good quality boots will provide necessary protection for your ride. You can also consider getting a reflective jacket or west so other motorists could easily see you at night or in bad weather.
When on the road, both motorcyclist and motorists should abide the traffic regulations. Even though riding a motorcycle can be exciting and exhilarating, speeding down the road can be extremely dangerous. Maintaining proper control of your motorcycle is crucial and as your speed goes higher, the level of control is lower so you won’t be able to steer as accurately as you should nor you will be able to stop the motorcycle in time. So when you’re out on the road, make sure that you follow the posted speed limits.
During bad weather, when the roads are either icy or slippery, make sure that you ride at lower speeds and as you approach corners, curve slowly and only speed up when you emerge. Turning too fast could cause you to lose control of your motorcycle and crash into obstacles.
The main cause of motorcycle accident isn’t because the motorcyclist isn’t abiding the traffic regulations. Most of the accidents are actually caused by those that are driving near the motorcyclist on the road. So when out on the road, you should always be vigilant about the traffic around you. This is why you should come to a full stop at stop signs, look both ways before crossing an intersection etc.
Car doors and blind spots
At some point you will be travelling through and area where cars are parked alongside roads. You should avoid these areas or practice extra caution because vehicle owners might not see you and open their car doors directly in your path. In other cases, pedestrians might step out in front of you and you won’t be able to stop on time thus cause an accident. And while on the road, make sure that you stay clear of other vehicle’s blind spots. Position yourself towards the front of other cars. This way they will easily see you since you won’t be in their blind spot.
Just like with cars, you need to take good care of your motorcycle and keep it in good shape. This means doing regular maintenance in order to make sure that you’re not riding on worn out tires, having burned out lights or soft breaks, all make your motorcycle unreliable and riding it is a real risk.
After a motorcycle accident
Even if you follow all the traffic laws, motorcycle accidents can happen. If they do, there are a few things you should focus on. First, you need to make sure that you call the police so that they could make a detailed report of the accident. Make sure that you also take photos of the accident and vehicles or ask someone to do it for you if you’re not able to. Then you should collect names and contact information of witnesses and exchange information with the other driver.
Once the police arrive, ask for medical treatment even if you feel fine. You never know if there are some underlying injuries.